There were many questions I had of my Deaf friends and started thinking on their terms and perspectives, imagining if this is a similar situation they grew up with. Not only does this text start my critical thinking on Deaf people, but the book also has extensive knowledge on how Deaf culture takes action in our modern world. It gives a clear line between what are myths and facts about teaching children sign language versus lip-reading and alternative methods, while taking the reader through the entire experience of teaching Lynn how to communicate.
I admire how Lynn’s family is an incredibly caring family that looked into every alternative to finally communicate with one another. From the short stories and other people Tom and Louise encounter along their journey, it seems impossible to communicate with Lynn without the option of ASL. The first choices that the family decided to try seemed promising, but only revealed that hearing aids and specialized classes can only do so much. Tom and Louise were optimistic that one day Lynn would recognize the sounds...
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...n’t just expect to use ASL the same way as I use English—ASL is its own distinct language and should be recognized as so.
Overall, reading this book from cover-to-cover has certainly assisted in opening my eyes to Deaf culture and the Deaf community I live in. Before taking American Sign Language, I was awfully intimidated by other Deaf people in my neighborhood, since they were always in the same groups constantly speaking a foreign language. Now, I feel I have a better perception of why Deaf people react the way they do to specific situations with hearing people and the resources and help that gets them to where they need to be and to communicate as best as possible. Along with my knowledge in ASL, reading this text will guide me to strive to understand Deaf culture better, knowing at least one of the stories and steps that it takes to appreciate the usage of ASL.
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